Plea for setting up of Gram Nyayalayas: Supreme Court issues notice

Plea for setting up of Gram Nyayalayas: Supreme Court issues notice

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Centre and the States in a plea seeking the implementation of the Gram Nyayalayas Act, 2008.

The Act, which is aimed at establishing Gram Nyayalayas at the village level for speedy disposal of matters and access to justice, has not been implemented, Advocate Prashant Bhushan submitted on behalf of the petitioner.

Citing the findings of a report on the subject, Bhushan told the Court that there are roughly 50,000 blocks in the country where Gram Nyayalayas are to be set up. While only 320 of these are notified, only 204 such Gram Nyayalayas are in fact functioning.

“It’s a pathetic state of affairs,” Bhushan submitted.

The Bench of Justices NV Ramana and Ajay Rastogi then went on to issue notice in the petition.

The Statement of Objects of the 2008 Act describes it as an Act to provide for the establishment of these bodies at the grass roots level for the purposes of providing access to justice to the citizens at their doorsteps and to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of social, economic or other disabilities and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Read Petition and Order]

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